MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 28: Bernardo Corradi #23 of the Montreal Impact celebrates his goal with teammates during the MLS matchagainst the Portland Timbers at the Olympic Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Impact defeated the Timber 2-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

MLS 2012, Week 8: Nine Matches, One Day

It's a MLS mega day with nine matches on Saturday that could be the best, or maybe the worst, or maybe meh, but there will be a lot of it!

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Major League Soccer 2012, Week 8: What We Learned

Week 8 in MLS had plenty of late game drama, missed penalty kicks and one big injury to Thierry Henry.


Chicago Fire Vs. Seattle Sounders, 2012 MLS: Eddie Johnson Scores Game-Winner

David Estrada scored his fifth goal and Eddie Johnson added his first MLS goal since 2007 as the Seattle Sounders beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday. Johnson also was credited with an assist on Estrada's goal, which was initially ruled an own goal after it deflected off defender Arne Friedrich.

Johnson's goal wasn't exactly pretty either, but he'll surely take it. Johnson was able to pounce a free ball that was sitting just in front of the goal mouth following a Jhon Kennedy Hurtado shot. The former United States international also hit a ball off the post.

Just as significant as Johnson opening his account was the play of the defense. The Sounders ran their shutout streak to 336 minutes before Marco Pappa scored directly off a corner kick in the 89th minute that was aided by the heavy wind. The Fire were able to apply some pressure in stoppage time, but ultimately were unable to find the equalizer.

The game nearly was allowed to get out of hand after the final whistle when tempers began to overflow. There was lots of pushing and shoving and Brad Evans and Pappa appeared particularly upset with one another, but the field was cleared without further incident.

The win keeps the Sounders undefeated all time against the Fire, improving their MLS record to 4-0-3. The Sounders also beat the Fire in last year's U.S. Open Cup final.


Philadelphia Union Vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 2012 MLS: Steven Lenhart Scores Twice In Victory

Steven Lenhart scored a pair of goals, the second of which came in the third minute of stoppage time, to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. Both goals came off assists from Marvin Chavez.

Both goals were impressive, but the second one was especially so. Chavez spun around several defenders, then sent in a left-footed cross from about 35 yards out. Lenhart fought off a pair of Union defenders and was able to head it past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

The Union had appeared poised to salvage a point when Gabriel Gomez scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute. Gomez was able to collect a loose ball around the edge of the penalty area and was able to beat Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch inside the near post.

Lenhart had given the Earthquakes the first lead of the game about seven minutes earlier. The big forward got his head on the end of a Marvin Chavez cross in the 76th minute. The play was started on a nice entry pass from Chris Wondolowsk, who fed Chavez inside the penalty area.

That the Earthquakes ultimately found the winner was probably justice. In the 90th minute, Ike Opara had appeared to give the Earthquakes the lead, but his goal was incorrectly ruled offside.


New York Red Bulls Vs. New England Revolution, 2012 MLS: Ryan Meara Gets First Career Shutout

Let it be known that the New York Red Bulls registered their first shutout of the season while fielding a defense that was led by a rookie goalkeeper, featured two defenders who were making their first starts of the season and another one who was making his second start. In fact, their most experienced starting defender was Markus Holgersson, a 27-year-old Swede who had struggled significantly this year.

But against a New England Revolution team that had scored just five goals in their first six matches, the Red Bulls were able to ride 7th minute Thierry Henry goal to a 1-0 victory on Saturday. That was Henry's league-leading ninth goal, as he was able to beat Stephen McCarthy to the pass and chipped Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis on his first touch from about 20 yards out. Henry, though, had to leave the match in the 25th minute with what the team called a right hamstring strain. After the game, Red Bulls coach Hans Backe called it "a disaster for us."

Luckily for the Red Bulls, Meara made sure that wasn't the only thing people would be talking about after the game. Meara was credited with five saves, the biggest of which came in stoppage time when he dove to his left to knock away a Lee Nguyen attempt that seemed destined for the far post. Meara also robbed Benny Feilhaber twice in the second half, once on a free header from about 5 yards out.

The Red Bulls were mostly forced to defend after Henry's injury. The Revolution ended up with nearly 60 percent of the possession, but were never able to create any kind of sustained pressure.

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